I am a vegetarian. However, I experimented with veganism for nearly a year. During this time, I was a complete dietary vegan, meaning I did not eat any food containing meat, milk, eggs, honey, gelatin, or a plethora of other animal based products. Many people all over the world have committed themselves to a vegan lifestyle, and pride themselves in living 100% cruelty free. Living life as a vegan can be extremely difficult, as most restaurant, premade meals, and holiday recipes are overflowing with ingredients on the vegan off limits list. Here are some delicious Halloween themed vegan recipes for you and your family to enjoy, as well as a list of vegan friendly candies for trick or treaters to enjoy.
Here is a list I found on www. petakids.com of different Halloween candies that do not contain milk, gelatin, or carmine, three animal by products that are found in most candies. All of the candy on this list has been reviewed by PETA and deemed to be 100% vegan.
Atkins peanut butter bars
Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
Now and Later
Ring Pop lollipops
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Sour Patch Kids
Tropical Source mini chocolate bags
Scary Spider Snacks
1 package vegan chocolate or carob chips
1/2 cup extra crunch peanut butter
1 package thin pretzel sticks
In a medium pan, melt the chocolate or carob and peanut butter together.
Drop 1 Tbs at a time of mixture onto a wax sheet.
Quickly insert 4 pretzel sticks into each side of the chocolate peanut mix to create the spider legs
Let cool in your fridge for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Friendly Zombie Cupcakes
This is a really cute (and delicious!) recipe I found on a vegan forum awhile back that is one of my absolute favorites around Halloween time. Both kids and adults will love this one. The recipe for these cupcakes can be found here: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12880.0
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
1 premade vegan pie crust (or you can make your own, a recipe for that can be foud here: http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-recipes/desserts/vegan-pie-crust.htm)
1 package firm silken tofu (drained)
1 can unsweetened pumpkin
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maple syrup
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F
Break up your tofu and mix it with the pumpkin. Blend together well.
Add brown sugar, sugar, syrup, and cinnoman to pumpkin tofu mix. Mix together well.
Pour mixture into pie crust
Bake pie at 425 degress F for 15 minutes. Turn heat down to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 40 minutes.
I absolutely love pumpkin cookies. This is another one of my favorite Halloween treats that I continue to make all the way through Christmas time. A recipe for delicious vegan friendly pumpkin cookies can be found here: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6672.0
Halloween doesn’t have to be any less fun just because animal products are not included in your families diet. You can still enjoy all sorts of delicious treats this October. For more Halloween recipes, you can check out vegweb.com. They have all sorts of vegan friendly recipes for Halloween snacks and sweets.
For tips on how to make Halloween just as exciting for your children as it is for children who do not have such a restricted diet, check out this article: http://www.vegfamily.com/holidays/vegan-halloween.htm. It covers just about every Halloween topic from a vegan’s perspective from trick or treating to sorting candy with your kids.